Diversity Hiring: The Common Pitfalls

Diversity Hiring: The Common Pitfalls

Recruitment is one of the most crucial decisions in a company irrespective of the industry or size. Companies make hiring mistakes all the time and the only way to avoid them is being aware of the common pitfalls to avoid falling into them.

For the last three years, we have been successfully running an employability program for Persons with Disability (PwD) as a part of our CSR engagement, wherein we have engaged with a number of corporate & nonprofits. There are some common pitfalls we have seen as a repetitive trend in the PwD Hiring space and wanted to highlight some of them here. 

Common Pitfall No. 1: Lack of understanding of the term ‘disability’ and the workplace solutions for the same.

And by this we do not mean the theoretical definition of disability but an actual understanding of the abilities of persons with disability. The lack of awareness of how PwDs can effectively work in various job leads to lack of clarity on where they can be hired within the company. We suggest companies looking to hire PwDs to first spend some time in understanding the various workplace solutions available for various categories of disability. This will also help you get an insight into the various jobs they are already holding in other companies using the same set of workplace solutions. In the past few years, we have placed PwDs in a wide range of roles like – software developer, application support, software testing, recruiting, back-office operations, helpdesk, technical support etc. This list continues to grow as more and more companies are exploring this field and opening up newer avenues for hiring. Learn, explore, before you hire!

Common Pitfall 2: Job mapping and Job description analysis (coming next)… to be continued in the next edition of Inclusion Times.

* This article is a part of an ongoing series “Diversity Hiring: The Common Pitfalls”. Stay tuned to know more.

About the author – Devika Nair is a Diversity & Inclusion leader at Allegis. You can reach her at dnair@allegisgroup.com

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